U.S. 45 Ohio River ‘Brookport Bridge’ reopened after temporary closure

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 3:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:47 PM CDT
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(KFVS) - The U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport Bridge” reopened on Thursday, July 22.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the morning closure for sign replacement and general maintenance work had to be extended more than 2 hours to allow a 3-ft section of the metal decking to be repaired.

The City of Brookport took advantage of the temporary closure to check a valve in a manhole immediately off the north end of the bridge.

The city plans to be back at the site in the future after repairs are planned.

KYTC reminds the public, the Brookport Bridge, has a 15-ton load limit. Due to deck width, it is restricted to vehicles no more than 8 feet wide and has a 9-foot, 6-inch height restriction, which prohibits most commercial trucks and prohibits all STAA trucks.

Farm equipment and permitted loads of any kind are prohibited from crossing the bridge.

The bridge carries vehicles across the Ohio River each day between Paducah, Ky. and Brookport, Ill.

Also known as the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge, it was opened to traffic in 1929.

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